The death of the spirit is the price of progress. Nietzsche revealed this mystery of the Western apocalypse when he announced that God was dead and that He had been murdered. This Gnostic murder is constantly committed by the men who sacrificed God to civilization. The more fervently all human energies are thrown into the great enterprise of salvation through world–immanent action, the farther the human beings who engage in this enterprise move away from the life of the spirit. And since the life the spirit is the source of order in man and society, the very success of a Gnostic civilization is the cause of its decline.” – Eric Voegelin
Inuit religion representation
A Viennese Victorian prostitute in a titillating photo – for the time. Wow, I would have been SMOKIN’HOT in Victorian Vienna. From Curious History.
Lovely! I kept wondering, where was this pretty girl in WWII? What was this woman in the hat thinking while crossing the street? Funny how adding color brings in reality. Click here or below.
From the archives of the British Film Institute:
Incredible colour footage of 1920s London shot by an early British pioneer of film named Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William – a noted cinematographer – was experimenting with. It’s like a beautifully dusty old postcard you’d find in a junk store, but moving.
The resolution is good enough for full-screen enjoyment.
Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves: St Ambrose. 1434-40
I love these little miniature books and can only imagine the life’s blood that went into them by the artists. Look at the mussels or clams rendered in this picture. Gorgeous!
Why mussels? “The peaceful coexistence of the crab and mussels surrounding St. Ambrose, for example, are a commentary on his preaching abilities, for it was said he could reconcile the most bitter of enemies. (In the natural world mussels clamp down in the presence of crabs, which crave their delicate flesh.)”
Check this link. You can see all of the Book of Hours in all its glory. The internet is a blessing for me today!
Just had a wonderful time at the Columbus Museum here in Columbus, Georgia. Great art show, which included emerging artists and established ones Very impressive! I came back and started looking at my painting websites. As usual, I am drawn to the Blaue Reiter. When I looked up Alexei Jawlensky, the MoMA writeup said he was a founding member of Neue künstlervereinigung münchen (NKVM). And there he is in the same group as two other favorites – Werefin and Kandinsky. I love this type of art. The painting above is alexej-von-jawlensky, schokko with a red hat, 1909. Then I found a lovely little one by an artist in the same group. It definitely has a bit of a Russian vibe. Love the cloth, love the teapot, love the fruit. Very simple, but very emotional – comfort. Igor Grabor, Pears on a blue tablecloth.